Last week I wrote about the incremental benefits that Starwood offers above earning Platinum status, which requires 25 stays or 50 nights. They offer extra benefits for 75 nights or 100 nights per calendar year. The nice thing is that they publish these benefits, even if they’re not actually that awesome.
One of my (few) frustrations with the Hyatt Gold Passport program is that they don’t offer any incremental benefits after earning Diamond status, which also requires 25 stays or 50 nights. You get four Diamond suite upgrades when you qualify, each of which can be used to confirm a suite upgrade for up to seven nights. It is kind of frustrating that if you stay 100 or 150 nights, the percentage of nights you’ll spend in suites will go down drastically, compared to someone that just barely qualifies for Diamond, and can potentially spend 28 of their 50 nights in a suite using confirmed upgrades.
One thing worth noting about Hyatt, however, is that they have an invitation only status level called Courtesy Card. Hyatt is tight-lipped about the qualification requirements and benefits, so I haven’t been able to get much out of them in regards to what it takes to earn it or what it offers. The extent of what I know about it is what’s found in this FlyerTalk thread.
So based on what I know:
How do you earn Hyatt Courtesy Card?
As far as I know there are four ways to earn Courtesy Card (in order of the likelihood of earning it):
- Own a Hyatt hotel
- Be nominated by the general manager of a Hyatt property, and then the request will be reviewed by Hyatt Gold Passport
- Spend a ton at Hyatt properties, and stay at a large number of Hyatt properties
- Be responsible for large corporate travel accounts that bring a lot of business to Hyatt, ideally also mixed with one of the above
Again, this is purely based on what I’ve anecdotally read, so the reality could be different.
What are the benefits of Hyatt Courtesy Card?
As you might expect, for such a “secret” status level, there aren’t that many published benefits beyond Diamond, but rather it’s all about the “soft” treatment. Courtesy Card members are supposed to get the best available suite, and just generally get uber-VIP treatment.
When does Hyatt send out Courtesy Card nominations?
Lately Hyatt seems to send out invitations for Courtesy Card around February, the same time that the previous status year ends.
I’m not Courtesy Card and doubt I’ll ever get Courtesy Card. But I do occasionally get asked about the benefits, so figured I’d share what I do know. I guess this would be the hotel industry equivalent of American’s Concierge Key or United’s Global Services.
Is anyone here Hyatt Courtesy Card? If so, what has your experience been, and are there any benefits I missed?